BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Is there anything you can’t write about? ART FOR WRITERS

I’m guessing that most people have seen Claude Monet’s paintings of water lilies in his garden at Giverny, near Paris. He began painting them in 1899 and didn’t stop for … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · 3 Comments

A Painting that tells a different story to everyone who views it…ART FOR WRITERS

Last week’s offering (A Victorian genre painting) was almost hyper realistic. In contrast, Jack Yeats makes the viewer do a lot of work. This is an ambiguous painting and the title … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · 4 Comments

Get under the skin of a Victorian genre painting ART FOR WRITERS

There is almost a ready-made story here. Nameless and Friendless is the most famous work of Emily Mary Osborn. She specialised in painting women in distress which has made critics … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Believe the Unbelieveable ART FOR WRITERS

I believe in this girl. I believe she is real and holding the cold (dying?) fish close to her heart, at least while I’m looking at this picture by Diego … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leap into another world – ART FOR WRITERS

No, I’m not going to say anything. You’re on your own for this one. It’s whatever you want it to be. Just write. Make yourself  write if you’re out of … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Medusa in Wire – ART FOR WRITERS

This is one of Alexander Calder’s wire portraits – a drawing made in space – created around 1930. It’s Medusa, the green-skinned Gorgon from Greek mythology with a face that … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t Mess With Her…Art for Writers

This is a self-portrait by the New Zealand artist Rita Angus. She seems to be saying, don’t even think about it… I’ve chosen this painting because she has such a … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · 9 Comments

Being blown away…ART FOR WRITERS

This sculpture is made from found bits and pieces of scrap metal and part of Penny Hardy’s Blown Away series. It’s vital, full of energy and hope. There’s a totally … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Celebrating the small moments – ART FOR WRITERS

I want to celebrate the small moments we all tend to overlook. They’re the really important things… Anita Klein Anita creates feel-good pictures and prints. Born in Sydney, Australia in … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

The stories that we can’t always read…Art for Writers

First of September and for many it’s the start of something  – a new academic year, a new life,  new season in the garden – and a stepping away from … Continue reading

September 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Without doubt, my favourite all-time painting Number 7 from the archive

I didn’t have to think about which painting I would choose today. It had to be Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride This is only oil and pigment and egg (or whatever … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Description doesn’t have to be realistic to be real…Picture number 6 from the archive

Looking at this wonderful seascape, I am reminded of the words of American novelist E.L. Doctorow: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS a picture (and artist) I fell in love with…number 5 from the archives

I want this picture on my wall (the orginal if I’m longlisted for the Booker for the novel I haven’t written yet, or a print if I manage to save … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · 7 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Ice hot white… painting Number 4 from the archive

Two for the price of one today because when I was looking through the picures in this series of blog posts I was struck how essentially the same colour range … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · Leave a comment